post off: what’s growing in your garden now?

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This is the first spring in our house and we are timidly dipping our toes into edible gardening. There are a still a bunch of plants around the yard that haven’t flowered yet, so rather than dig things up, we decided to start some containers with vegetables on our deck. We didn’t get our act together in time to grow from seeds, so we picked up some plants at our local nursery. We chose stuff for pasta and pesto — tomatoes, basil, oregano — and things to help with guacamole — peppers and cilantro. For kicks I planted a few fennel bulbs and some bib lettuce, both which look lovely in our bright plastic pots (from Home Depot). Elsewhere we have raspberry bushes which seem to grow like weeds. I can’t wait for our first home grown feast. What’s growing in your garden? Please share and inspire this novice. – Angela M.

I recently did a blog post about what’s growing in my garden. I’ll post more soon too! Advice for basil – when you start to see flower buds, clip them off because then it won’t put much more energy into making leaves. And for peppers – if you want them to be spicy you have to stress them out a little – don’t baby them too much or they’ll be mild..
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js

I have about 8 different herbs, cherry & regular tomatoes, cucumber, and assorted flowers, all still in pots. I thought I planted them early enough but they are still so tiny! I hope they grow super fast super soon so we can actually eat from them this summer.

Raspberry bushes are wonderful to eat from, but they spread like weeds. Almost as bad as mint.

So jealous that you’re growing tomatoes! I am having good luck with herbs cultivated from seeds this year – parsley, thyme and basil. Plus last year’s rosemary, choc mint and another basil varietal wintered over and are still going strong this year. The trick to rosemary, as well as other plants, I’ve found, is to give them plenty of space to grow. I moved the rosemary from a small flowerpot to a large one and in just over a month it has grown to match the size of the container. I’m also having great luck with zinnias (3 varieties) started from seeds and can’t harvest my basil leaves quickly enough. Seems I’m making pest twice per week. Tip: MIRACLE GRO. Also, basil roots easily in water, so after you clip a stem to harvest leaves, place the stem into a jar of water for about 2 weeks or so and it will produce roots. Then voila, another producing plant! Your colorful flowerpots look so nice. Very cheery.

Carrie

Looks great.
FYI: I read that most plants don’t grow well with fennel…so probably should plant that by itself.

Megan B

I just scored some of those pots too! We haven’t done the raised beds we want yet, but I did manage to pot up a strawberry plant (which is already forming fruit!), some cilantro, purple basil, and rosemary as well as a bunch of pansies (great in salads) and geraniums.

Oh — and I’ve got a whole entire blackberry FARM in the backyard. I should start a U-pick business on the side this summer. Make some extra dough!

Angela M

So inspiring! Thanks for all the great ideas and suggestions. (My fennel is all by its lonesome, now). Megan — I am dying for some purple basil plants — they’re so pretty! Do they need a lot of sunlight?

Megan B

I’ve got mine in direct sun and it is THRIVING. It will get huge if you keep picking the leaves off, too. Oh and pick off the buds when it flowers — it will stop producing those big leaves!

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